Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet: Week 10
Khaled Elsayed offers an updated look at those deserving of Pro Bowl consideration.
Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet: Week 10
We’re fully into the season now and that means a lot of things. For some they are gripped in a battle for a playoff spot, for others it’s all about the future as they look to bounce back from a year going nowhere. For us? Well we like to sit back and evaluate how things have gone so far.
That means, in this instance at least, tackling who you should be voting for in this years Pro Bowl.
Like you we do think that it’s far too early to be making decisions but if you’re going to do it you may as well do it right.
The Starters: Peyton Manning (DEN) and Philip Rivers (SD)
Any objections? Manning has slowed down after a fine start, but the two AFC West QBs have been unnervingly accurate all year long. The only really contentious decision is who is the sixth quarterback. We went with Wilson but if you went with Andrew Luck we wouldn’t hold a grudge.
The Backups: Russell Wilson (SEA), Aaron Rodgers (GB), Matthew Stafford (DET) and Drew Brees (NO)
The Starters: LeSean McCoy (PHI) and Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
Pick your poison. Lynch has been the best back in the league in recent weeks and has forced more missed tackles (51) than any other back. Meanwhile McCoy makes more plays in space and currently leads our running back rankings.
The Backups: Adrian Peterson (MIN), Darren Sproles (NO), Alfred Morris (WAS) and Frank Gore (SF)
The Starters: Antonio Brown (PIT), Calvin Johnson (DET), Andre Johnson (HOU) and Jordy Nelson (GB)
After going back and forth there was no way the two Johnson’s were being left off. In the end we went for the less fancy but more consistent Brown and Nelson who have done a lot of the heavy lifting for their offenses. Messrs Marshall and Bryant especially had to therefore settle for spots on the bench.
The Backups: Brandon Marshall (CHI), Pierre Garcon (WAS), Dez Bryant (DAL) and DeMaryius Thomas (DEN)
Anthony Sherman (KC) and Bruce Miller (SF)
Apologies to Mike Tolbert but we’ve picked at this spot with lead blocking being the overwhelming criteria. Sherman was the easiest choice as our top ranked running back regardless, while Miller got the nod over Collin Mooney who just didn’t play enough snaps.
The Starters: Jimmy Graham (NO) and Vernon Davis (SF)
Even missing time Graham is still the dominant receiving tight end and it’s really not that close. The real choice came down to whether it was Davis or Gonzalez, but as much as Gonzo has had to overcome Davis is the more complete player. Watch out for Jordan Reed who is making himself a legit choice the more he plays.
The Backups: Tony Gonzalez (ATL) and Jordan Cameron (CLE)
The Starters: Trent Williams (WAS), Joe Thomas (CLE), Demar Dotson (TB) and Zach Strief (NO)
We’ve got our two highest ranked left tackles when it comes to pass blocking, both of whom are extremely hard to get around or through. The list of candidates to play the right tackle role is much smaller but Dotson and Strief are the best of an alarmingly average bunch with Sebastian Vollmer out for the year.
The Backups: Nate Solder (NE) and Joe Staley (SF)
The Starters: Evan Mathis (PHI), Travelle Wharton (CAR), David DeCastro (PIT) and Louis Vasquez (DEN)
Mathis remains the top guard in the league and is joined by the Panthers Wharton who is enjoying a career renaissance since returning to the starting lineup. On the right side DeCastro is showing why the Steelers spent a first round pick on him last year, with Vasquez proving well worth the money the Broncos are paying him.
The Backups: Josh Sitton (GB) and Brandon Fusco (MIN)
The Starters: Chris Myers (HOU) and Nick Hardwick (SD)
Myers should be on everyone’s ballot. Our top ranked center is having another strong year. The three men we went with outside of him all had their strengths, with the run blocking of Hardwick getting him the start.
The Backups: Manny Ramirez (DEN) and Alex Mack (CLE)
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